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Educational Resources

Delve deeper into the story of Waitangi and our nation’s history with these helpful resources.

The Treaty in English and Māori

Te Tiriti o Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi, was written in English and translated into Māori. Examine and compare these versions and find out what happened to the original documents.

Petition about lawlessness

Discover the 1831 petition from 13 chiefs to King William about lawlessness.

He Whakaputanga - Declaration of Independence

In 1835 Northern chiefs signed a Declaration of Independence, asserting their sovereignty over New Zealand. Find out about the background to this event.

Available in Te Reo Māori and English


Following is a selection of significant people – Māori and European – who were associated with the making of The Treaty of Waitangi.

New Zealand History online: Hōne Heke

New Zealand History online: Te Ruki Kawiti 

New Zealand History online: Tāmati Wāka Nene

Te Ara: Eruera Maihi Patuone

Te Ara: Pomare II

New Zealand History online: James Busby

New Zealand History online: William Colenso

New Zealand History online: William Hobson

New Zealand History online: Jean Baptiste Pompallier

New Zealand History online: Henry Williams

Te Ara: Kahe Te Rau-o-te-rangi

Te Ara: Te Rangitopeora

New Zealand History online: Rere-o-maki

New Zealand History online: Hongi Hika

Te Ara: Pomare I

Te Ara: Ruatara

Te Ara: Te Pahi

Te Ara: Samuel Marsden

Te Ara: Thomas Kendall

What Really Happened at Waitangi?

View the TVNZ programme Waitangi – What Really Happened? on YouTube

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

National Library of New Zealand Resources

The following topics are selected from the Topic Explorer page on the National Library of New Zealand website.

We have selected topics that are relevant to what is onsite at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, including Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi. Each topic features a carefully selected set of national and international resources, including websites, images, videos, books and more, to support and inspire inquiry.


Events around Anzac Day, as well as the formation of the ANZACs, and how the Gallipoli campaign became culturally significant for New Zealand and Australian societies.

Colonial Life in New Zealand

1769-1914; includes European discovery of New Zealand, contact with Māori, New Zealand wars, Pākehā colonisation, social life, economy, politics and major events of the time.

Famous Explorers

The age of exploration, and voyaging, famous explorers, and Kupe’s discovery of New Zealand.

Famous New Zealanders

Famous New Zealanders, heroes, inventors, scientists, singers, writers, sportsmen, sportswomen, musicians and artists.

First Encounters

First meetings between Polynesian cultures (particularly Māori) and European explorers.

Heroes and Superheroes

Bravery and achievements in war, peace, sport, science and community, including heroes such as Dame Whina Cooper and Sir Āpirana Ngata.

History of Wellington

The Māori myth behind Poneke and its landmarks, like the Beehive and Te Papa, as well as historical events.

Immigration to Aotearoa

Starting with the arrival of Māori, explore migrants, refugees, journeys, transport and what has made New Zealand a popular migrant nation.

Māori Heroes

Mythical Māori heroes like Maui, and Kupe, famous warriors like Willie Apiata and Hōne Heke, historical figures like Princess Te Puea and Sir Āpirana Ngata.